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Title: HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING


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HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING

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HOW DID WE GET THANKSGIVING?
  • The Pilgrims set ground at Plymouth Rock on
    December 11, 1620.
  • Their first winter was devastating.
  • Governor William Bradford called for a day of
    fasting and prayer.

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Cont
  • Soon after, they had a huge rainfall and he
    designated November 29th as a day of
    thanksgiving.
  • However, it didn't become an annual event until
    1863.

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SARAH JOSEPH HALE
  • Today's annual Thanksgiving holiday is largely
    due to the efforts of Sarah Joseph Hale.
  • She was also the editor of Boston Ladies'
    Magazine and later Godey's Lady's Book.

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  • In each of these magazines she would write
    editorials every November stating her opinion
    that Thanksgiving should become a national
    holiday.
  • She also wrote letters to the governors of all
    the states and territories.

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PRESIDENT LINCOLN
  • It was in 1863, after President Lincoln had
    proclaimed a day of thanksgiving in celebration
    of the victory of the North during the Civil War,
    that Sarah Joseph Hale wrote a letter to the
    President requesting "...to have the day of our
    annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed
    Union Festival..." which would no longer be
    forgotten or overlooked.

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  • Her request was granted on October 3 when Lincoln
    declared that the last Thursday of November 1863
    be proclaimed a celebration.

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THANKSGIVING BECOMES A HOLIDAY!
  • In 1864, Lincoln once again proclaimed the final
    Thursday in November as a national Thanksgiving
    celebration.
  • Unfortunately, he was assassinated before any
    other proclamations were made, but the presidents
    who followed have honored the precedent he set
    and a proclamation has been made each year since.

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THE FIRST THANKSGIVING FEAST
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PREPARATION
  • In July 1623. The women of the colony spent many
    days preparing for the feast.
  • Indians brought wild turkeys and venison.
  • The men of the colony brought geese, ducks, and
    fish.

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  • The feast did include fish, berries, watercress,
    lobster, dried fruit, clams, venison, and plums.
  • But it is unlikely that the first feast included
    pumkin pie.

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What key has legs and can't open doors?
A Turkey.
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Why did the turkey cross the road?
It was the chicken's day off.
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